As of last week, there were over 93,000 Americans awaiting kidney transplants. Richard Nixon, an accountant with a famous name and a faint Jamaican accent, is one of them. People with serious renal disease can live for years on dialysis, but as Nixon’s story illustrates, it’s an unpleasant and exhausting process.
Like many people on the waiting list, Nixon is hoping to find a living donor. He hasn’t found a match among his family or friends, so he’s using social media to recruit strangers willing to help. While he waits, Nixon is raising awareness of kidney disease and keeping himself healthy.
Here’s his story:
Update (6/6/2013): Nixon is continuing his online search for a suitable donor. He posted his story on Reddit earlier this month. You can see it here.